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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Who’s to blame for my pavement trip?


    Have you ever tripped over a paving stone? Most of us have tripped like this at some point, and it can really shake you up for a bit. Sometimes you might be lucky and stop yourself from falling, and so avoid any real injury. After a short time, you may have forgotten you even did it. However, if you weren’t so lucky and you did get injured, this question may well cross your mind: “Who’s to blame for my pavement trip?”

    Tripping on a paving stone often happens because the edge of a stone is higher than you would expect it to be. As you walk along, you don’t notice this difference and your foot can stop suddenly as you swing your leg forwards. This can throw you off-balance and lead you to fall in some situations.

    Typical injuries resulting from a pavement trip

    Your first instinct will be to put your hands out to try and break your fall. This isn’t always possible, which could mean you injure your elbows or arms as you go down. Even if you do get your hands out, you could end up being hurt simply by spraining or even breaking your fingers.

    If the paving stone should have been flat to the ground and it wasn’t, it could potentially be the fault of the council. While the majority of councils maintain their pavements to a very high standard, there could potentially be problems that might occur from time to time.

    Making sure you know whether or not you could claim

    Pavement trips can be difficult to assess in terms of compensation claims. That’s why it is always best to seek professional advice if you are asking who’s to blame for my pavement trip. Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with an easy way to find out, simply by letting you use our free enquiry line.

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    It’s very simple, too – the number you will need to call is 0800 689 0500 and when you do this, you can seek some advice without any obligation to proceed with a claim, even if you have a very good case. This is by far the best way to make sure you get the advice you would want in a situation like this, when you may be nursing injuries that have had a detrimental impact on your life for a while.

    Date Published: August 28, 2016

    Author: Allison Whitehead

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